Forum home Plants

Hi all, does anyone know what this plant is. I snapped it on the edge of someone’s garden when out w

bbarker1211bbarker1211 North YorkshirePosts: 8



  • bbarker1211bbarker1211 North YorkshirePosts: 8
    Hi all, does anyone know what this plant is called. I took a pic of it on my morning walk, it’s lovely!
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,665
    It's Sisyrinchium Striatum.
  • Sisyrinchium striatum.
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,309
    Lots of it about this year - my sis just sent me a picture asking what it was that had appeared in her garden.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,968
    I think this must be the third or fourth query on this plant in the last few days @JennyJ :)
    Nice specimen too @bbarker1211  :)
    There are tiny little alpine varieties too. There's one quite near me with rich purple flowers. Not out yet though. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • bbarker1211bbarker1211 North YorkshirePosts: 8
    Thank you all very much for the replies, I’m also liking the idea of the purple one and the alpine one. I’m starting to like the idea of a alpine container after seeing loads of little beauties at a garden centre last week! 
    Again thanks for helping a novice out !
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,968
    There are specialist nurseries for alpines too @bbarker1211. They're probably better if you want the real thing. Craigiehall, which is up here, is excellent. 

    Often - plants are classed as alpines, but they're just small plants and perennials. Worth taking a look at the nurseries, especially if you have specific conditions, ie you're in a cold area, or at altitude.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,870
    There is one similar in height to S. striatum called  S. palmifolium. It is a far more refined plant in my opinion.
  • bbarker1211bbarker1211 North YorkshirePosts: 8
    Thanks again. Fairy girl, I’ll be having a look at their website.
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,650
    I'm with @Palustris  We used to grow S. palmifolium, sometimes known as the Bird of Paradise Sisyrinchium, it would flower for months on end.  

    There is also a variegated version of the plant you saw, called "Aunt May", I find it more interesting than the plain, non-variegated variety.
Sign In or Register to comment.